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HMS Louvain

Commemorative Photo Page

 

 

In remembrance of the Ships Company  at the time of the sinking, we have created a few pages.

Below will be  photo's  of the men who died and survived during the sinking of HMS Louvain.

 

 If you know of anyone who you think should be added to the commemorative page or you

have a photo which you would like to be added please send an Email to:Carrie-Ann & Ken

 

 

From kind permission of Joyce Lawley

Name: GUISEPPE ARNAUD
Nationality: Maltese
Rank: Leading Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Service No: K/149016
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Age 35
Casualty Type Commonwealth War Dead
Additional information: Son of Carmelo and Catarina Arnaud (nee Aquilina), of Tripoli; husband of Onorata Arnaud (nee Aquilina), of 91, Strada Santa Scolastica, Vicolo 2DO, Vittoriosa, Malta.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 28.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

From kind permission of Francis Borg

Name JOHN BORG
Nationality: Maltese
Rank: Officers Cook 1st Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Age 33
Additional information: Son of Lorenzo and Anni Borg, Husband of Lucarda Borg. of 17 Strada S. Gaetano, Hamrun, Malta
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 28.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
No Photo Available

Alfred served with the Marines for 21 years and was awarded the China Medal (without clasp) in 1900 when he served on H.M.S. Terrible and the RN Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 10/09/1907. Alfred left the Marines 16th July 1913 after serving 21 Years. He re-joined at the beginning of the War and took part in the early land battles such as the Defence of Antwerp in October 1914. He embarked H.M.S. Louvain 17th November 1914 and was mentioned in despatches 23rd May 1917.  

Info provided by Ian Nicholas

Name: ALFRED WILLIAM BOXALL
Nationality: British
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 46
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Service No: PLY/7565
Additional information: Son of George and Hannah Boxall, of Godalming, Surrey, Husband of Mary Boxall, of 190 Franciscan Rd, Tooting, London. According to  "Guildford in the Great War" Oakley suggests she was at 90 Addison Road.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 28.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind Permission of Nick Edwards

From kind permission of Nick Edwards

Name: ERNEST BROADHOUSE
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 19
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Service No: J/75950
Additional information: Son of John William and Rhoda Ellen Broadhouse, of Normanton, Yorks.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 29.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind Permission of Steven Porter

From kind permission of Steven Porter

Name: WALTER CHAPMAN
Nationality: British
Rank: Leading Fireman
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 39
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Service No: 912034
Additional information: Husband of A. C. Smith (formerly Chapman), of 16, King's Head St., Harwich.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 30.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind Permission of Reggie

From kind permission of Reggie

Name: MICHELE DEBONO
Nationality: Maltese
Rank: Trimmer
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 29
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Additional information: Son of the late Lorenzo Debono, of Malta; husband of Paula Debono, of 58, Strada S. Antonio, Casal Attard, Malta.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 30.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind permission of Marlene Cefai

Name: ANGELO FORMOSA
Nationality: Maltese
Rank: Trimmer
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 31
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Service Number Unknown
Additional information: Son of Carmela Formosa of Strada Lampuca, Casal Paola Malta and the late John Formosa
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 30.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind permission of Andrea Stott

Name: JOHN JAMES McCREEDY
Nationality: British
Rank: Petty Officer 1st Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Age: 52
Service No: 116166
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Casualty Type Commonwealth War Dead
Additional information: Known as James. Born 6 March 1865 in Queenstown, Cork, Ireland. He moved to Cornwall as a young boy. Son of Robert and Mary Anne McCreedy (nee Clapshoe) Husband of  Rosina Bond McCreedy (nee Willcocks). Lived in Dridge House, East Looe, Cornwall.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 26.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

From kind permission of Jo Farren

 
SURVIVED
Name: CLAUD JOHN MEALING
Nationality: British
Rank: Leading Fireman
Regiment/Service: Merchant Fleet Auxillary
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Date of Death: 1971 - Age 85
Additional information: Born 25 May 1886 in Harwich, Essex, England. Son of Charles and Isabelle Mealing.

His house was named 'Louvain' he lived in Harwich all his life, was on the 'Dresden' before the Great War.

From kind permission of Robin Reid

SURVIVED
Name: ROLAND MILNE
Nationality: British
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Unknown
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain"
Age: 63
Date of Death: 1958
Service No: Pos C4577
Additional information: Born 14 Apr 1893 in Gourdon, Kincardinshire, Scotland. Roland married Margaret Lownie. Roland was a shop keeper.
From kind Permission of John Mercieca

From kind permission of John Mercieca

Name: JOHN MUSCAT
Nationality: Maltese
Rank: Assistant Engineer
Regiment/Service: Mercantil Marine Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 29
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Additional information: Son of Vincenzo and Teresa Muscat, of 6, St. Paul's Square, Hamrun, Malta; husband of Marianna Muscat.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 30.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind permission of Pauline Oxbrough

Name: JAMES SINCLAIR ORME
Nationality: British
Rank: Petty Officer Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Age: 23
Service No: SS/111742
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Additional information: Born 5 Feb 1894 in Liverpool, England. Baptism was 18 Feb 1894 at St Peter, Liverpool. Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Catherine Orme, of Walton; husband of Annie Orme, nee Blenkinsop, of 20, Andrew St., Walton, Liverpool. James married Annie on the 20th December 1917 and had only been married a matter of days when he sailed and did not return.
Casualty Type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 23.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

From kind permission of Robin Reid

SURVIVED
Name: ROBERT PEARSON
Nationality: British
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Unknown
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain"
Age: 41
Date of Death: 1932
Service No: Pos A7128 or Pos B5664 or Pos 438539
Additional information: Born 6th Feb 1891 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. Son of William and Mary Pearson. Robert married Helen Napier Milne (Sister of Roland Milne, who was also on board and survived at the time of the sinking) about 6 weeks after the sinking. After the War Robert worked at Scotish Olis in Grangemouth. Roberts wife died in 1973, outliving him by 41 years. His daughter will be 90 years of age in Jan 2018. (Info provided by Robin Reid.)

From kind permission of Jossie

Name: ANTONIO PORTELLI
Nationality: British
Rank: Fireman
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Secondary Unit Text: (Malta).
Age: 33
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Service No: 218G
Additional information: Born 26 Dec 1884 in Valetta, Malta. Son of Vittoria and Paolino Portelli. Wife: Filomena Portelli, of 15, Strada San Patrizio, Valleta, Malta.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 29.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

From kind permission of Vivien Stoneman

SURVIVED
Name: JAMES WILLIAM PORTER
Nationality: British
Rank: Fireman? or Petty Officer?
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve? or Royal Navy?
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain"
Age: 57
Date of Death: 16 Sept 1942
Service No: Unknown
Additional information: James survived despite being unable to swim. All 3 brothers were on the HMS Lovain when it sank, the other 2 (Frederick and Charles) didn't survive.

Born 22 April 1885 in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England. Son of Mary Day (Formerly Porter) (Formerly Taylor) (Nee Smith) and the late George Porter. 

James married Susie Rogers/Susannah Rodgers on the 17 July 1916 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. They had 8 Children.

According to his marriage cert James Occ was Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and Fireman in the Merchant Navy.

James lived with his family in one of the Halifax Cottages in Wherstead Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

According to his death cert James Occ was Crane Driver with a Railway Plant & Sluice Manufacturers.

 

From kind permission of Oliver Berry

Name: CHARLES ALBERT VINALL SMITH
Nationality: British
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: RMLI
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain"
Age: 18
Date of Death: 22/01/1918
Service No: PO/17309
Additional information: Born 9th Jun 1899 in South Norwood, London. Son of George Vinall and Florence Helen Smith (nee Steptoe) of 11 Seward Rd, Beckenham, Kent. Native of South Norwood, London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 30.
Cemetery: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
From kind permission of John Carter

From kind permission of John Carter

Name: WILLIAM BERNARD SMITH
Nationality: British
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain"
Age: 19
Date of Death: 22/01/1918
Service No: J/73033
Additional information: Born 25 March 1898 in Upper Gornal, Staffordshire, England. First Ship served on was HMS Victory1
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 4.
Cemetery: SYRA NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

From kind permission of David Stewart

Name: ERNEST WILLIAM STRATTON
Nationality: British
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Age 18
Service No: J/77312
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Casualty Type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 29.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional information: Born 2nd Sep 1899 in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Son of Thomas and Alice Emma Stratton (Nee Bligdon). Parents were married in 1897 in Basingstoke. Ernest was working as a Leather Stainer, possibly for Burberry who had a clothing factory in the town, at the time of enlistment on the 5th Sept 1917. He is remembered at St Michael's Church Memorial and Memorial Book in Basingstoke, St Mary's Church and Basingstoke War Memorial.

From kind permission of June-Frances Ward

Name: ALFRED HENRY JAMES TICKNER
Nationality: British
Rank: Petty Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Age 29
Service No: 230948
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Casualty Type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 29.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional information: Born 16 Dec 1888, in Reigate, Surrey, England. Alfred married Gertrude Maud (nee McCallum) in 1914 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. They had 1 Son called Donald Alfred E. Born 1914 in Portsmouth. During the war he served on board HMS Acasta, Spitfire, Saracen. He was at the Battle of Heligoland Bight (1914) and the Dogger Bank (1915).

From kind permission of Barry Bust

SURVIVED
Name: STANLEY CHARLES TREDGETT
Nationality: British
Rank: Colour Sergeant 
Regiment/Service: Royal Marines
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Date of Death: Dec 1976
Buried:  Wareham, Dorset, England
Additional information: Born 21st Nov 1895. Son to Henry and Agnes Kate Tredgett (nee Harris). Occupation before joining up was Picture Framer. Joined Royal Army Medical Corps (No. 1742) on the 16 Dec 1912. Discharged from R.A.M.C on 20 July 1914 to join the Royal Marines Light Infantry (No. ply/16555). Served on the Louvain (1914 to 1918), he left the Royal Marines as a Colour Sergeant in 1935. From 1935 - 1949 he was in the Royal Marines Police, at Holton Heath Cordite Factory in Dorset. Stanley married on the 3rd Sep 1919 at St. Simons, Plymouth to Ada Alice Buzza (nee Pilkington).

From kind permission of Dominic Williams

Name: ALFRED WILLIAMS
Nationality: Maltese
Rank: Leading Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: HMS Louvain
Age 23
Service No: K/49009
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Casualty Type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 28.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional information: Born 16 Jan 1894 in Valetta, Malta. Son of George and Angela Williams. Wife: Giuseppe Williams of 44 Strada san Giuseppe, Valletta, Malta.

 

From kind Permission of Andrew Cauchi

From kind permission of Andrew Cauchi

Name: CARLO XUEREB
Nationality: Maltese 
Rank: Officers Cook
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Louvain."
Age: 42
Date of Death: 20/01/1918
Service No: 355256
Additional information: Son of Michele Angelo and Vittoria Xuereb; husband of Rosaria Xuereb, of IO, Strada Reale, Hamrun, Malta.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 28.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

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